The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) has launched an investigation into the drowning death of 1 year 11 month old Malachi Ballantyne of Upper Cane Hall Sunday 15th November.

According to investigations carried out by the Police, at about 11:30 AM on Sunday, members of the Criminal Investigations Department and the SVG Coast Guard Service received reports of a missing child. The Coast Guard responded to the call and mounted a patrol about 100 meters offshore in the vicinity of Arnos Vale where the body of a child was found.

The body was then taken back to the Coast Guard Base, Calliaqua where it was identified as Malachi Ballantyne. The body was subsequently pronounced dead by the District Medical Officer.

A post mortem examination is expected to be conducted on the body of the deceased to ascertain the cause of death.

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